UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.


Part of the Strategic Partnerships Division (SPD), the Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships and Advisory Services (MPAS) Section leads UN Women’s engagement with the private sector, corporations, philanthropy, foundations, and individuals - both in terms of substantive components and resource mobilization - and it drives a wide range of UN Women’s global initiatives: HeForShe, Women Entrepreneurship Accelerator (WEA), Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and Unstereotype Alliance (UA). It also leads the work with all UN Women National Committees, and on the development of the individual/digital giving as well as Advisory Services business line for the private sector. MPAS’ main aims are to ensure that UN Women develops and sustains high quality and impact focused partnerships with the private sector to achieve maximum results for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Resource Mobilization Specialist, the intern will specifically be responsible for assisting in private sector intelligence and due diligence for MPAS. A work plan with achievement for the duration of the Internship and learning opportunities will be agreed upon.

  • Support the assessment and coordination of current UN Women Private Sector (corporates, foundations) partners;
  • Undertake research into the corporate sustainability strategies of specific potential private sector partners and assist with screening and due diligence of potential private sector partners;
  • Support the updating of donor-specific intelligence and due diligence databases;
  • Support customizing UN Women’s case for support from the private sector for UN Women’s global mandate as well as specific country programmes;
  • Support development of private sector and foundation engagement guidelines for UN Women HQ, Regional and Country Offices as well as UN Women National Committees;
  • Participate in weekly Section and team meetings.
  • Additional tasks to complete on request from the Resource Mobilization Specialist.



Upon completion of the internship the intern will have strengthened his/her capacities to:

  1. Understand UN Women’s mandate and programmes;
  2. Understand how UN-private sector partnerships are built, strengthened and maintained;
  3. Understand the drivers of corporate sustainability and partnerships for international development;
  4. Develop intelligence and knowledge products for a UN agency;
  5. Work as a team member in a multicultural setting.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

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Functional Competencies:

  • Demonstrates strong writing skills, particularly the ability to present persuasive, coherent and well-founded arguments;
  • Demonstrates analytical rigor, and intellectual creativity;
  • Generates new ideas, seeks new approaches and introduces and promotes them in the workplace;
  • Maintains open-minded attitude towards new ideas;
  • Contributes to team spirit, inspires and motivates staff and colleagues at all levels;
  • Demonstrates drive to achieve results in timely manner and to seek and find solutions to any problems encountered;
  • Makes efficient use of available resources with ability to multitask;
  • Displays initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members from different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Excellent coordination and organization skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • University studies in one of the following disciplines: international relations, international business, social sciences or other relevant subjects is required.
  • Meet one of the following:
  1. Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  2. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent);
  3. Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation; or
  4. Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program which is part of a degree programme and undertake the internship as part of the program requirements.


  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required;
  • Working knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.


Interns who are not in receipt of financial support from other sources such as universities or other institutions will receive a stipend from UN Women to partially subsidize their basic living costs for the duration of the internship.

Application Information:

  • All applicants must submit a completed and signed P.11 form with their application.
  • Due to the high volume of applications received, UN Women can ONLY contact successful candidates.
  • The successful candidate will be required to provide proof of enrollment in a valid health insurance plan at the duty station of the internship, proof of school enrollment or degree, a scanned copy of their passport/national ID and a copy of a valid visa (as applicable).  


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need.

If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application. 

UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.  All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.)